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Whether you are a Beekeeper, would like to keep Bees or simply understand the importance of Bees, this group is for you. Viva la Bees!

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More than one Queen 3 Replies

I took out the varroa strips from my hive today, and had a check.  The frames in the bottom box were very mouldy, so I have removed them, leaving the box empty.  Built a stand to elevate the hive…Continue

Started by Maree W. Last reply by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana Aug 19, 2013.

Beekeeping Club in Rotorua? 3 Replies

I am new to beekeeping. I did a beginners course and have a hive in my backyard but no bees yet. Is there a club in Rotorua or maybe Pyes Pa area in Tauranga? I am keen to collect a swarm but have…Continue

Started by Judy. Last reply by Sandra Lomas Jul 19, 2013.

RE: Help please: Bees (question from Jacqui Knight) 3 Replies

Hi Jacqui,I got your question in an Oooby email but it doesn't seem to link to where you posted it so I am starting a new discussion. Hope you find it.Use branches of Wormwood (Artemisia…Continue

Started by Elisabeth. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

Top Bar Beekeeping 5 Replies

I live in the Auckland area and have been interested in Top Bar Hives for a while. I'd love to start keeping bees but before I do that I'd like to find a mentor who has experience with TBH beekeeping…Continue

Tags: natural beekeeping, TBH, top bar hive, beekeeping, bees

Started by Steff. Last reply by Janet Luke Apr 30, 2013.

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Comment by Marcia Ann Meehan on February 3, 2010 at 9:06am
I brought `The Barefoot Beekeeper` while my TBH was being built - it, along with acouple of websites, is my Bible !
Comment by Jenny Freewalker on February 3, 2010 at 8:29am
l asked our local library to get 'The Barefoot Beekeeper' and l'm finding it interesting reading.
Comment by Janet Luke on February 2, 2010 at 9:19am
Thanks Marcia, Are'nt they clever little things
Comment by Marcia Ann Meehan on February 2, 2010 at 8:18am
Because it has been hot and humid the bees often hang out in front of the hive to keep cool and to keep the inside of the hive abit cooler - as you can imagine, with 60,0000 plus bees in one place, it does get hot in there is this weather !
Comment by Janet Luke on February 1, 2010 at 10:43pm
I was passing a hive yesterday and noticed a large cluster ( about the size of a dinner plate) of bees around the entrance to the hive. It was warm, but raining and there were few workers flying. Does anyone know why the bees would be doing this??
Comment by Shelly Pathak on December 29, 2009 at 12:55pm
Sorry - I meant the children aren't coping very well with them!
Comment by Shelly Pathak on December 29, 2009 at 12:53pm
Hi, I was wondering whether anyone might be up for helping me remove a bumblebee nest from under my deck, or if you have any suggestions for how to deal with it. I grew up with several beehives in my back garden as my dad was a beekeeper, so I really don't want to kill them, but they are coming into the house now, and we have young children who are coping very well with them! Any suggestions would be very welcome.
Comment by Kenny on December 14, 2009 at 10:34am
Thought this might be of interest:

BEE KEEPING - Saturday 23rd January
$100

DanielTohill Daniel has used natural bee keeping methods for nearly 30 years now. The workshop will look at conventional bee keeping methods as well as a simpler method called ‘Top Bar Bee Keeping’. Both methods will be looked at in a more ‘bee friendly’ way, exploring an approach which has lower impact, is lower cost, chemical free and smaller scale. Daniel will show you simple equipment that almost anyone can make at home, monthly management, hive situation, moving bees, obtaining bees, swarming, diseases, wintering and much more. He will open a hive and you can observe bees at work, find a Queen and test for disease and mite. Natural bee keeping is increasingly important at this time when bee populations are in decline.

http://www.koanga.co.nz/pages/2005_workshops.html
Comment by Marcia Ann Meehan on November 28, 2009 at 7:25pm
I face my hives north-east to catch the morning and afternoon sun, also it depends on what is in front of the hive, you don`t want their flight path to collide with the neighbours front door, so if you have no problems with houses around you, down here in the southern hemisphere we usually have the south and west sides protected from the weather if possible. Are the books English ? as this would have their seasons the opposite to ours.
Comment by Katherine Lucas on November 28, 2009 at 4:52pm
Hi fellow bee devotees! I read in one of John Seymour's books that beehives should have their opening face East. Has anyone heard of this before? If so, do you know why? Regards K
 

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